2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Chevy Cruze
2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Chevy Cruze
14.4 cubic feet
13.9 cubic feet
Front Leg Room
Automatic Emergency Braking
Integrated Memory System
Leather Seating Standard
The compact car segment has been one of the fastest growing categories in the automotive world, not to mention one of the most competitive. With a low starting MSRP, exceptional standard features for the price, and fuel savings galore – it’s no wonder why so many American drivers are chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of the most capable compact sedan on the market. Between the major automotive manufacturers and so many worthwhile contenders, it leaves us wondering – which compact car is the best on the market?
To begin the task of answering this compelling question, let’s take a look at two popular compact cars available at dealerships across the United States. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze both have plenty going for them in terms of economy, price, features, and warranty – but after closer inspection, Hyundai’s compact Elantra easily takes home the top prize in every category. Discover a few of the areas in which the 2017 Hyundai Elantra outshines the newest Chevrolet Cruze.
Simply put, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes equipped with a better suite of standard and available safety features than the 2017 Chevy Cruze. Available with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection technology, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra provides drivers with a higher level of confidence behind the wheel. Utilizing both radar sensors and a camera, this advanced safety feature automatically scans for pedestrians or other objects on the road that are directly in the path of the 2017 Elantra. If an object is detected and a collision is imminent, the system deploys and can stop the Elantra with full brake-force stopping power. Whether the sedan is traveling five miles per hour or fifty – the Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection technology ensures that potential accidents are avoided.
The closest assurance that Chevy offers on the latest Cruze model is Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert. While this technology is helpful in avoiding a collision, it still doesn’t come close to the award-winning safety system available on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. In fact, the Elantra not only offers this exclusive safety feature, but drivers can also opt for a Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. When it comes to advanced safety features that deliver confidence behind the wheel and total peace of mind, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the obvious choice over the 2017 Chevy Cruze.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are driving your child to school, and your mind is spinning with distraction. Between figuring out what you will make for dinner (or more likely, what you will pick up for dinner), finding time to prepare for the important conference call you have at ten this morning, and juggling the end of year bills that are creeping up quicker than you would like to admit – you can’t focus on your chatty six year old, let alone on the road. In your haze of clouded thought, you realize that your 2017 Elantra has stopped suddenly just before a crosswalk. Your compact car’s Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection has been deployed, and has managed to avoid a potentially dangerous collision. After catching your breath and bringing yourself back to reality, you realize that no one was even aware that there was an issue. The Hyundai Elantra’s advanced safety feature worked just as it was intended to, and you are able to get back to your day unscathed, albeit a little shaken up. You can’t help but imagine how different the situation would have been if you had chosen the 2017 Cruze over the Hyundai Elantra, and you quietly give thanks that you opted for the safer car, rather than the Chevy.
Whether you are sputtering around town running errands, or embark on a hefty commute Monday through Friday each week, fuel economy is an important factor to consider when buying a new car. The compact car category is one of the most fuel efficient segments on the market, and buyers find that they are able to save thousands of dollars at the pump over the span of time they own their compact car. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Chevy Cruze are two compact cars that offer exceptional fuel economy ratings that drivers would be more than happy with. For buyers who want the most out of their daily commute and long driving excursions, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra delivers slightly more than the Cruze. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra offers a combined fuel economy rating of 33 miles per gallon, while the 2017 Chevy Cruze maxes out at 32. Arguing over one mile per gallon may seem silly, but not when you are relying on that extra bit of oomph to deliver you safely to your destination. On top of that extra one mile per gallon offered by the Elantra, Hyundai’s compact sedan also features a larger fuel tank capacity than the Cruze. With the ability to hold fourteen gallons of fuel in the tank at any given time, the 2017 Elantra will keep you on the road for longer than the 2017 Cruze, which features a fuel tank that is only capable of holding 13.7 gallons of gas. Again, this small discrepancy might seem unimportant, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of driving – every little bit counts.
There is nothing worse than realizing that you have run out of gas. Thanks to the incredible technology available in modern day cars, fewer of today’s drivers run entirely out of gas before making it to a station. With so many gas stations available on highways and in cities, running out of fuel is not a situation you may ever encounter. While this may be true, it is also true that having to constantly stop for gas is a tedious chore that can put a damper on an otherwise exciting road trip. Commuters don’t want to have to fill up more than once a week, and even that is pushing it. When considering the seemingly insignificant difference in fuel economy ratings and fuel tank capacities between the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and the 2017 Chevy Cruze, the minor advantage that the Elantra offers can add up quickly. If you commute to work Monday through Friday in the 2017 Chevy Cruze, and average around forty miles each day, you will have to stop nearly a quarter more often for gas, than if you were to drive the 2017 Elantra. While the numbers may seem like small differences on their own, they add up rather quickly when applied to real world situations.
To avoid needless fuel stops and stay on the road for longer periods of time, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is the clear choice over the 2017 Chevy Cruze.
Hyundai isn’t known for having the best warranty program in America for nothing, and when it comes down to the best comprehensive auto coverage to protect your new car purchase, no one does it better than Hyundai. Simply put, Hyundai Assurance is America’s Best Warranty for new cars. All new 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedans come with this coveted comprehensive coverage, and it is easy to see why it out performs all other warranty programs in the nation. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 10-year or 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, while the 2017 Chevy Cruze falls short with just a 5-year or 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. The 2017 Elantra also comes with an incredible 5-year or 60,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty, while the 2017 Cruze cuts it nearly in half with a 3-year or 36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty. Finally, all new Hyundai vehicles including the 2017 Elantra boast a 7-year or unlimited mile anti-perforation warranty. Chevy once again falls short, offering a 6-year or 100,000 mile anti-perforation warranty. It is easy to see why Hyundai Elantra buyers are better protected from the unexpected, and that the brand stands behind its vehicles more than Chevrolet is willing or able to.
As hard as it may be after reading how much better Hyundai warranty coverage is, try and imagine that you still ended up buying the 2017 Chevy Cruze. Everything seems to be going well, and you start to wonder why drivers are so concerned with optimal warranty coverage on brand new cars. It’s been nearly three years since you bought your new Cruze, and you have been happy with it thus far. As you get behind the wheel of your Chevy to embark on your yearly road trip down south, you turn on your navigation system and type in your destination. Happy that you chose to pay a premium for your trusted road trip companion, you begin your journey to the Florida panhandle early on a Monday morning. Just as you cross over the Georgia state line, your navigation screen goes dark. You tap it gently in hopes of easing it back to life, but the heimlich maneuver is not effective on Chevy’s in-vehicle technology. You reach for your smartphone and type in your destination, but without an available satellite signal, your smartphone proves to be less helpful than your cloudy memory. After finally getting into an area with cell phone reception, you locate a nearby Chevrolet dealership to have your navigation system fixed. When you arrive, frazzled but hopeful, you are told that your 2017 Cruze is no longer under warranty. Your three-year mark was reached yesterday, not to mention the fact that there are much more than 36,000 miles on its odometer. Rather than pay the insanely expensive repair bill, you continue on your way with your smartphone as your only means of guidance.
While this exact situation may not be one you find yourself in, it is just one example of how important new vehicle warranties actually are. While Chevrolet doesn’t stand behind its new cars for longer than they have to, Hyundai is not afraid to back all of its new vehicles with the best warranty program in the country. When it comes to protecting your new car investment, no other auto brand has your back like Hyundai.
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